Alan Scriven was born in Wolverhampton; one of six children in a one-parent family during a time of extreme financial hardship.
Having attended Woden Road Infant and Junior Schools, Alan started at Springfield Secondary Modern in 1964; leaving in 1968 with no qualifications but having excelled in English and History. Leaving school was a necessity in order to begin earning and contributing to the family budget.
Alan began working as a warehouseman at Carvers in Wolverhampton, going on to work in the public transport industry in the positions of Driver, Inspector, and Depot Manager.
He has two sons, with whom he shared his love of, and commitment to, the Longmynd Adventure Camp. He still goes camping on the Longmynd at every opportunity
Alan was awarded the MBE in 2001 for “thirty years’ voluntary service to disadvantaged young people”.